Chris Salcedo welcomed Texas congressman and medical doctor Michael Burgess (R) to "The Chris Salcedo Show" today to explain the process of passing the Obamacare amendment in the House. Among his many duties, he currently serves as co-chair of the Congressional Health Caucus.
The congressman did predict that the bill, roundly criticized by conservatives for not fully repealing former president Barack Obama's health care entitlement, was not likely to get more conservative in the Senate.
Addressing this criticism, Burgess agreed he wants to get government and insurance out of the doctor/patient relationship. He insisted it is not his job to protect insurance companies and that federal law should not bend over backwards for them.
He also noted that "without a viable and robust insurance market, the number of people who are going to be covered at a reasonable cost is probably diminished." Speaking personally, Dr. Burgess did not think the United States is heading toward a single payer health care system.
In the beginning of this year, he saw lot of bipartisan activity from governors asking for flexibility within their states, which he felt was a good tenth amendment solution. He affirmed it is unreasonable to ask governors to come to Washington, D.C. each time they want to try something new and every time they want to innovate within Medicaid.
Obama once said if you want to affect policy, win an election, "and so we did," Burgess said. The policy conservatives want is a more market based, state-centric program. He believes this latest bill passed by the House is "a step in the right direction."